In mid Februrary 2013 I started my two months tenure as a researcher in residence in the faculty of theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. My research area is Chan/Zen Practice in China and the West. A few days arter my arrival, my hosting professor of Buddhism Andre van der Braak inivted me to sit in his class of Mahayana Buddhism for which I was expected to teach a couple of lectures later on. Co-inciently Jnanamati was also visiting the class through Mirjam Hartkamp's…
"Hi Sujatin, Yes it's a long time since that wonderful Amida conference where we met. It's a pleasure to accept your request and best wishes for every success in your teaching role with Amida Academy. I'm presently a student again…"
At Eleusis we are concerned with a generic approach to spiritual development. It is a wonderful aspect of the modern world that we have available the wisdom of all the great religious and spiritual traditions. All these traditions are transmitted from generation to generation through the medium of heart to heart relationships. The teacher shows a lore. He or she declares a way and does so for the most part by living it. If others come for instruction this might be given didactically, but the…See More
13-16 June: I'm seeing this week as an opportunity for us to further develop the principles and practice of the approach. My current list of ten principles or foci reads as follows: # The Transmission of Happiness # Non-self - Other Centred # Liberation not Extinction # Bombu Paradigm # Application of Buddhist Psychology: its mind model, dependent origination and conditioning principles # Mindfulness of the Three Times # Faith, the basic variable, as Encounter # Spiritual Maturity # Love,…See More
A three day retreat exploring the use of the visual arts as a means to deepen our relationship to Buddhist practice. The retreat will involve periods of exploring the environment as stimulus for art making, walking and sitting meditation, artistic expression and group discussion. How we use creative space tells us about our relationship to phenomenal and emotional experience. As such it can reveal not only what our hearts are open to but also the nature of our resistances. Overcoming defences…See More
Soto Zen Buddhism for 35 years. Lay minister with the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives affiliated with Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland.
Past experience: RMN (Registered Mental Nurse)with the NHS in England. Open University B.A Psychology. Social services managing a residential and day care rehabilitation centre for young adults Herbert House in Salisbury. This work involved the development of a community which included a structured daily living programme. Trained with the charity Richmond Fellowship in Kensington, London.
Registered psychotherapist for States of Jersey specialising in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)and other mindfulness based individual and groupwork. Since 1995 I have read and valued greatly Davids books particularly Zen Therapy, and others by Caroline Brazier which, given my Buddhist background, I have found so helpful in making sense and bringing a deeper understanding to therapy within a Buddhist Psychological framework.
Together with my partner Peter we have renovated an old farm ran a Retreat Centre La Ville Davy in Brittany for 12 years. We have led and hosted various retreats/workshops including Buddhist, Mindfulness and Well-being.
Present: Zentre La Pompe hosting and running retreats/workshops. Research, training and development of a mindfulness based residential community for elder Care in Manchester.
What can you offer to ITZI, & what is your interest in being a member?
My present interest in ITZI is firstly to offer support by organising and hosting some appropriate retreats/seminars or workshops here in France.
Secondly to learn and help to contribute and support the theory and practice of Buddhist Psychology. I believe that BP has much to offer our Western way of life in terms of reducing mental suffering.
Zentre La Pompe is situated overlooking the natural 'Parc de La Higourdais'. An ancient water pump directed the water through the garden from one of three local lakes in Epiniac France. The heart is a pump and the name Zentre La Pompe means the 'flowing heart of meditation'. This is a place where friends can come together for quiet reflection and renewal. To enjoy walking in the forest and lakeside and to meditate with others. People also come together to share skills and take part in studies and discussion seminars.
Are you available to lead courses in Buddhist Psychology?
Are you able/willing to travel outside your country to teach?
What other subjects, if any, can you teach?
Mindfulness Based Training ie Stress Reduction, Well-being, Loss and other themes.
Do you have other abilities to assist in the life/administration of ITZI?
Am inspired to add to and develop skills further with ITZI and offer to support and to help facilitate workshops in Buddhist Psychotherapy in future years.
In what languages are you fluent?
English and French
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